The original late night place to eat in Toronto was Frans, a classic, big old style greasy spoon. The original location at 20 College street is still there, still open 24/7/365. Frans has expanded and has 3 locations to satisfy your late night grilled cheese and french fry cravings.
The other even more ubiquitous option is Pizza Pizza Toronto’s pizza chain of choice. They have a the usual selection of toppings plus some unusual ones like Chipotle Chicken or Pulled Pork. It is often hard to find just a plain cheese slice that us New Yorkers crave in the meat heavy pizza landscape of Toronto.
Mehran Restaurant on Church street seems to always be open. I never had chance to eat here, but it’s open late, well located and who wouldn’t want a late night samosa to soak up all that good Canadian beer?
My favorite place to go, that’s just around the corner from The Pantages Hotel where I am staying is Ali Baba’s they have one of the best Falafel I’ve ever eaten. Like in Berlin they fold up the Falafel and grill it so it’s a hot, crunchy, savory, bundled of joy when you get it. Ali Baba’sis open late (check for the locationnearest you the one I went to on Church street on the weekends was open at 2 and 3 in the morning contrary to what their website says so you might want to call) and also has a very aromatic selection of curries and other middle eastern delights if you want to stray off the Falafel path!
These are just a few places that I noticed or ate at during my late night wanderings, but Toronto these days is a late night place to be with lots of places to satisfy your cravings. If you have any suggestions of places I missed and you think are must eat at places please let me know!